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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

Four soldiers killed in clashes with terrorist PKK

THE DEVASTATED PARENTS OF ONE OF THE SOLDIERS KILLED IN CLASHES WITH THE TERRORIST PKK ON THURSDAY.
17 May 2012, Thursday /TODAY'S ZAMAN
Four soldiers were killed, while six others, including one civilian, were injured on Thursday in separate clashes between Turkish security forces and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorists in the Mediterranean province of Hatay and the eastern province of Hakkari.

Four PKK terrorists were also reported to have been killed in the fighting in Hatay. The slain soldiers in Hatay were identified as Gendarmerie Maj. Erhan Dikmen and Gendarmerie Lt. Aytaç Kaya and Lt. Ahmet Tarım.

A statement posted on the website of the Hatay Governor's Office noted that PKK terrorists opened fire on the security forces, who were conducting an operation in a forested area in a rural area of Amonaslar, located in the province's Dörtyol district.

An extensive operation has been launched in the region to capture the terrorists, the same statement reported. Bekir Toksoy, the mayor of Kuzuculu, where the attack took place, said one of the injured soldiers was in critical condition.

“This is a terrorist attack which happened just 20 kilometers away from residential areas. It is an ugly act of the PKK. I would like to convey my condolences to our nation,” Toksoy said.

President Abdullah Gül and Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek on Thursday sent messages to Chief of General Staff Gen. Necdet Özel to offer their condolences over the killing of the three soldiers. The bodies of the soldiers were taken to their hometowns on Thursday, where funeral services will be held today.

The second attack took place in the town of Derecik in Şemdinli, Hakkari province, on Thursday afternoon when PKK terrorists attacked a military outpost with mortars, killing one soldier and injuring four others, including one civilian. The houses and vehicles of some residents in Derecik were also damaged in the attack. A large-scale operation was launched in the area. Thursday’s attacks came one day after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has been orchestrating a bloody crackdown on his people for over a year, said in an interview broadcast on Russian state news channel Rossiya-24 that the negative events in Syria will turn into chaos and terror in Turkey in the future.

“We have no contact with the Turkish government, but we did not cut dialogue with other political circles in the country. Our opinion about the realities in Syria overlaps with that of those circles. These politicians are aware of the danger. They are aware of the risk that the negative incidents in Syria will manifest as chaos and terror in Turkey in the future,” he said.

The PKK, which has been fighting for autonomy in Turkey’s mainly Kurdish Southeast since 1984, was founded on Marxist ideology. Turkey has been conducting air strikes on PKK camps in northern Iraq’s mountainous region and inside Turkey since August of last year, following an increase in attacks on Turkish troops and civilians by the PKK.

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives. The group is labeled a terrorist organization by the European Union and the United States, which has supplied Predator drones to assist Turkey.

 
 
COMMENTS
Turkish coup leaders of 1980s tried to conduct a genocide on Kurds similar to armenian one, this forced PKK to change its struggle from political to armed one. Kurds would not forget the heavy price PKK paid to rescue Kurds from such a tragedy..now Turkey should not spend any more money on weapons b...
Dario
Turkey is currently using the most modern techniques of combating guerilla troops. It is using Drones, remote audio and video monitoring devices spread over Turkey-Iraq border-region, but it still couldn't stop PKK. One may eliminate an entire guerilla organization, but the cause for which they figh...
Aban don Al Hope
Sitting duck strategy not working. Need more fences. Maybe landmines. Satellites. We look weak here. If we need to then take land from Syria!
Ericmartin
Enna lillahi wa enna elayhi raajioun. May Allah subhanahou wa taala give comfort to the families of these shaheeds and strength to the Tukish nation. Aameen ya Rabb. There should be no concession made for these terrorists. Turkey should deal firmly with these criminals who have created so much ha...
Muhammad alHuseini
Why when Terrorist is used in front of Pkk it is OK, but when Assad uses the same term for his militant opposition it is not OK?
Yakov
Turkish parents should not sent their sons to occupy others land and deny them their universal human rights like studying in their mother tongue and freedom of speech..if they do they must face the consequences of Nazi German soldiers who occupied France during the World War two.
dario
Turkish parents should not sent their sons to occupy others land and deny them their universal human rights like studying in their mother tongue and freedom of speech..if they do they must face the consequences of Nazi German soldiers who occupied France during the World War two.
dario
following an increase in attacks on Turkish troops and civilians by the PKK... PKK attacks on civilians? Check ROBOSKI for attacks on civilians!
Bhuz Amed
Good riddance. What needs to be done needs to be done. Turkey should bring a measure where the families of the PKK are punished as well, this will deter them more likely. make it known whos in charge.
janissary
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